Essay: Current land use issues in Sierra California-Summer Grazing
Limited summer grazing has been proposed within areas below 1,500 meters and 2,000 meters elevations north and southern Sierra respectively to be non-grazing areas to minimize water pollution (Aspinall & Michael, 2008,p. 33). However, farmers have criticized this proposal terming it unfair and unjust. They say this will deny the state a lot of money from dairy products. Nevertheless, this move aims at protecting health of the people and deserves a thumbs-up and should be a priority in all environmental debates on top of conservation.
Mining is still an important economic activity in California. This is despite the fact that it has been over taken by agriculture, tourism and other recreational activities. California’s rich history is deeply rooted in Sierra Nevada after the discovery of gold in 1848 (Francis & Leslie, 2003, p. 19). Although this activity is much reduced, it still plays a significant role in land use. Because of emergence of alternative sources of gold, this trade has dwindled but technological advancements and innovations have revealed a massive potential of this region to supply Ores and other natural resources (21).